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- Passenger check in (/w reconfirmation)
- c-card, #dives
- contact phone #
- buddy assignments
- Gear storage rules
- you have everything?
- where and how to store equipment
- anything on the deck gets wet
- game / camera storage.
- Vessel orientation
- off-limits areas
- emergency equipment, Paramedics 911, DAN (919) 684.8111, Marine Ch.16
- convenience items
- On-deck rules review
- assemble before departure
- work from your dive bag
- do not take up excessive space
- marked equipment, no fins on board, no tanks over-head
- always face a ladder while climbing up or down.
- Safety rules
- buddy separation (4ft up and search for 1 min., surface to reunite)
- out-of-air (watch tank pressure, carry alternate air source)
- entanglement (not fight, ensure adequate air supply, work slowly to free)
- strong current (not fight, establish positive buoyancy, rest and drift, dispatch assistance)
- recall procedures
- Area orientation
- characteristics of the site
- depth range, NDL
- Entry/exit orientation
- Be SAFE (18 m/min.), 3 min. @ 5m.
- Ascend along a line.
- Inflate BCD, signal OK.
- Swim back to the boat and wait your turn (hang on to stern line). Not under a diver who is climbing a ladder.
- Use the swells to carry you on the swim step/stern platform.
- One diver at a time.
- Don’t remove your fins until you’ve made firm contact.
- Your role during the dive
- Overall difficulty rating.
- “Begin With Review And Friend”
Safety check review
- BCD: connection + sufficient air
- Releases: accessible
- Air: full and turned on
- Final OK: don fins, regulator, swim away and signal OK.
- “Go down” signal /w confirmation
- Visual reference (set compass)
- Snorkel to regulator
- Note time
- Hold inflator
- You should equalize your air spaces every few meters while descending, before you feel discomfort.
- If you feel discomfort in your ear while descending, ascend until discomfort is gone, attempt to equalize once again and continue a slow descent.
- Free descent: Take care to avoid disorientation, watch your descent rate, maintain buddy contact.
- The most important rule in scuba diving is: Breathe continuously and never hold your breath.
- Stay in front of the vessel.
- On board with min. 20…40 bar.
- Use the stern line if behind the vessel.
While diving divers should
- “go up” signal /w confirmation.
- Note time.
- Hold inflator up
- One hand up
- Look upwards
Post-dive / Exit
- Inflate BCD at the surface and signal OK
- If you feel discomfort during ascent due to air expansion in any body air space during ascent slow or stop your ascent, descent a few meters and allow the trapped air to work its way out.
- Board one diver at a time, while others stay well clear.
- Prepare to immediately lend assistance.
- Ascertain dive profiles.
- Remind to clear the exit area.
- Visually confirm that everyone is aboard and accounted for (roll-calls).
- Observe for delayed response to diving related problems.